Travel to Egypt: Preparing for Tourists to Return

Travel to Egypt

photo by Ilene Perlman

Travel to Egypt is no longer a wish to be delayed for better days ahead. Visitors will find much of the old and some things that are very new as the ancient cradle of civilization prepares for a come-back and  a new wave of tourism next year. Read more »

Christmas Travel Packages Big and Small

London travel packages

Christmas in London: Fairytale Stays at Three Boutique Hotels

Christmas in London is right within grasp with three magical Christmas packages that bring on the majesty and festivity as only London can offer.

Lavish stays at the Egerton House Hotel, ‘41’ Hotel and The Milestone Hotel set the mood and light up the fantasies with “Magical London” holiday packages for a truly enchanting winter escape. Shop amid the spectacular lights of Oxford Street. Ice skate around the Christmas tree at the Natural History Museum then relax and snuggle in an elaborately adorned room or suite. Read more »

Hike, Bike, Sip, Dine in California Wine Country

Calif wine country

Active wine lovers can have it all in California Wine Country – the great hikes, the explorations with bikes, and the peerless wine and dine rewards at the end of a glorious day.

Good weather and golden rolling vineyard landscapes provide perfect conditions for quick getaways, heavenly honeymoons or easy, sweet vacations – no fuss, no muss – in a number of California wine regions. Read more »

Wellness Travel: A Well of Possibility for Agents

Five Elements Bali

When things get tough, the tough get going – to spas, that is. According to a comprehensive wellness travel study released last month by the non-profit research center SRI International, the global wellness market is now worth $3.4 trillion, making it nearly three times larger than the $1 trillion worldwide pharmaceutical industry.

Answering the call that the quest for wellness travel generates, eight destination spa resorts in the Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates portfolio of exclusive resort properties provides a formidable list of choices for the mounting demand.  READ MORE … Read more »

Affluence Index: Luxury Hotels Ranked by the Rich

Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria

Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria

What does luxury mean? Recent findings of a luxury survey polling U.S. travelers with incomes of $150,000 or more found that a few brand names keep filtering to the top of the A-list. Read more »

The Key is in Your Phone: Mobile Check-in is Here

Hilton Front desk

Mobile check-in is moving to hospitality. Hilton, Marriott and other hotel brands are catching on to the fact that guests on the check-in queue are in a hurry. Whether staying for business or pleasure spending line-time in the lobby is likely not on the “want” list.

Recently Hilton hotels took a swipe at solving this inconvience with the debut of a mobile room key that lets guests bypass the front desk and go directly to their accommodations – no lines, no signs, no managers to consult.
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Christmas in America: Best Places for Yule in U.S.

What to do on Christmas in San Francisco

Christmas in America can be a glorious thing, no matter whether you are toasting to peace on earth in Napa or checking out the window displays on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Americans spent $83 billion on travel related to the holiday season last year ($17 billion on Thanksgiving and $66 billion on Christmas, according to Hotwire).

To enhance the possibilities, here are a few destinations and must-do’s to consider for this year’s Christmas cheer. Read more »